Pay attention to your index exclusions

I hit an interesting issue recently: Some code that worked fine on a QA instance of Sitecore had been deployed for UAT and was now failing with an odd error message. Whilst this issue was entirely our fault, there wasn’t much in Google about the error messages I was seeing, so I’m trying to correct that problem today… Continue reading

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A Second attempt at installing Solr with SIF

Recently Steve McGill asked me if I’d tried using SIF’s certificate creation when automating Solr setup for Sitecore. I realised I’d not put any effort into how this might work – and that seemed like an excellent excuse for some research… Continue reading

Surviving the developers’ Javapocalypse

It’s Christmas, and I’m dreaming of a festive sherry, while I slog through my last working day of the year. So hopefully you can forgive me the flagrant clickbait headline… 😉

But you’d have to have your head in the sand not to have noticed that Oracle are changing the licensing terms for their builds of the Java runtime. They’ve decided that they want people and businesses to pay for the fastest access to support updates for Java. But as Sitecore developers, many of us make use of Solr – which relies on Java. So what can we do? Continue reading

I’m sure my renderings were there yesterday?

As time goes on, something I’ve noticed is that as Sitecore evolves it is taking a greater reliance on search integration – making things like Solr ever more important. And that leads to an exciting new set of issues you come across if, for some reason, your search service is not available.

I wasted some perfectly good development time recently when some of my renderings vanished from published pages, thanks to this. Continue reading

If you have to use Ninject with Solr…

My first time having to configure Solr for Sitecore recently taught me a variety of new things. (I know – how have I managed to avoid it this long?) Most of the basics of the setup have been well documented elsewhere, so I won’t repeat any of that. However setting up the site to use the Ninject DI container wasn’t as smooth as the documentation suggested, so here are some notes on the issues I hit in case you find yourself stuck: Continue reading